If Tony Abbott was such a good Prime Minister why did he get sacked?
His style of reducing everything to a three word slogan worked for a while, but when he reintroduced knighthoods and gave one to Prince Philip (not short of titles) the "out of touch" aspect began to show.
The backbenchers realised that Tony would lose the next election and selected Malcolm, and Malcolm won, if only just.
People say he isn't a "strong leader". Tony was a "strong leader" but that didn't make him correct or popular. And the party sacked him. If Malcolm tried the same act, the party would sack him too.
The problem is that the world isn't simple. Malcolm is a lot smarter than Tony, but he has the same team to work with and a much more difficult senate. As much as any politician can, I think he is actually trying to do the right things, made more difficult by left and right wing battles within the party.
I can't imagine what Cory Bernadi is thinking. He obviously thinks he has been treated badly, getting no front bench position for example. But next time he runs for election, Xenephon will probably get his SA senate seat.
Bernadi just got back from a Taxpayer funded long holiday in the USA where he was able to watch Trump's campaign and he got a copy-cap made up. He probably thinks he will be swept to power by a groundswell of public opinion just by wearing the cap. I don't know if he has taken compulsory voting (here but not in the USA) into account. Australia hasn't suffered as much by the economic depression as the USA, either, thanks largely to mining.
The Liberal Party will be better off without Bernadi, unless he votes against the government just to upset them.
Turnbull realises that Trump could bring back coal but maybe not one unemployed miner in West Virginia will get his job back as a result. The same with other industries. If cars are all made in the USA, it will be robots on the production line, not unionised workers. The clock isn't turning back to the 1980s. So Malcolm is talking up new technology in the complete absence of anything else. Since coal mining is still going gangbusters, Turnbull can't promise to bring it back.
There are no soft options, no easy answers, despite what the right wing say. And there is one less right winger left in the party to say it.